First of all we’ll get some insight from Adam Clarke’s Commentary on this word ‘heresy’:
“The high priest – and – the sect of the Sadducees – Αἱρεσις των Σαδδουκαιων, The heresy of the Sadducees. In this place, (Acts 5:17) as well as in several others, the word αἱρεσις, heresy, has no evil meaning in itself; it is a word of distinction, and may receive either a good or bad colouring from the persons or opinions designated by it. It signifies a sect or party, whether good or bad, distinguished from any other sect.”
So in and of itself the word ‘heresy’ is benign, however, if you are a True Christian, or even a member of a counterfeit Protestant denomination (demon-ination), or not even a Christian at all, and with no interest in Christianity, have you ever wondered about these three words and what they mean? for they get banded about by the secular and religious alike, and with great regularity, especially by those of the satanic and judgemental Roman Catholic Cult, which is a major part of the equally satanic Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion. (See link No.s 1 and 2 below) Let’s face it, as soon as you decide not to go with the flow, you’re quickly branded a HERETIC!!
Moreover, when you hear these words levelled at someone, do they resonate a positive vibe within you, or a negative vibe? For me, they have always resonated a negative vibe, because they have always sounded accusatory and judgemental. Furthermore, historically, it usually meant the unfortunate people being judged and accused by The Roman Cult of ‘heresy’ were often brutally tortured, in order to extract their ‘confessions’. Shortly thereafter they would be burned at the stake for their alleged ‘heresies’ (usually based upon trumped up perjurious charges) and in true Roman Catholic loving ‘Christian’ style, of course. Nothing like spreading the Good News Gospel of The Kingdom eh? Furthermore, just to compound their evil wickedness, they, in their gross arrogance and self-righteousness, would be self-convinced that they were doing The Lord’s work – such was their delusional vain satanic thinking, and it still persists to this day as demonstrated here:
This is a social media comment addressed to me recently by an illegitimate who calls himself ‘Pantocrator’:
“‘Thetruthnotdoctrine’ is a heretic. The fool’s Internet alius is paradoxical: how can one communicate the truth without doctrine? Let all Christians on this forum beware of his poisonous doctrines – let him be anathema.”
For those interested to know what a ‘Pantocrator’ is, here’s a little from Wikipedia:
“In Christian Iconography, Christ Pantocrator – Greek: Χριστὸς Παντοκράτωρ – is a specific depiction of Christ (an idolatrous image). Pantocrator or Pantokrator, usually translated as “Almighty” or “all-powerful”, is derived from one of many names of God in Judaism.
“The Pantokrator, largely an Eastern Orthodox or Eastern Catholic theological conception, is less common under that name in Western Roman Catholicism and largely unknown to most Protestants. In the West the equivalent image in art is known (more Idolatry) as Christ in Majesty, which developed a rather different iconography. Christ Pantocrator has come to suggest Christ as a mild but stern, all-powerful judge of humanity.” (Brackets mine).
So here we have graphically displayed for us, an idolatrous dissolute reprobate – an apostate – a worshipper of graven icons, images and idols, that is, a vile creature of religion, calling me a heretic, and for me to be declared anathema!! I can hear his weeping, wailing and the gnashing of his teeth in The Resurrection from here LOL.
I have digressed slightly, so back to the thread:
Now, don’t get me wrong, for as we can see from the above, there are some people that deserve to be labelled a ‘heretic’, that’s if we take the Roman Catholic meaning of the word. However, the word ‘heretic’ doesn’t exist in The Holy Scriptures, now there’s a surprise! But what do exist are the words ‘Heresy’ and ‘Heresies’, ‘Heresy’ is used only once, and ‘Heresies’ three times, so they are REALLY IMPORTANT BIBLICAL WORDS! Much mocking sarcasm from the author with much laughter. Not only that, but are they a correct translation?
So let’s get Strong’s input on these two words and afterwards I will post all four Holy Scriptures so that we can get a contextual understanding:
G139 – Heresy – αἵρεσις haíresis, hah’-ee-res-is; – from G138; properly, a choice, that is, (specially) a party or (abstractly) disunion:—heresy (which is the Greek word itself), sect.
G138 – Heresy – αἱρέομαι hairéomai, hahee-reh’-om-ahee; – probably akin to G142; to take for oneself, that is, to prefer:—choose. Some of the forms are borrowed from a cognate ἕλλομαι héllomai hel’-lom-ahee; which is otherwise obsolete.
From The Blue Letter Bible Lexicon:
a) act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city; b) choosing, choice; c) that which is chosen; d) a body of men following their own tenets (a sect or party)
Look what we have here from Strong’s: 1) a choice; 2) a party; 3) disunion; 4) a sect. Then we get confirmation from the Blue Letter Bible Lexicon. So what does this tell us? Well far from being negative, the word heresy looks like it is something very positive, that is, the separating of those who follow Yashua Messiah (The Way) from satanic religious illegitimates and Judaising mongrel dogs. In the first century that would have been primarily a separation from the Pharisee and Sadducee Jews, who were later usurped by the so-called Hellenising philosophers, known as the ‘church fathers’, that is, the counterfeit founders of the Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion.
Be sure you understand that religion is ruled by a spirit called Legion, and he presents this phenomena in a myriad of ways, (again see link No. 2 below) whether it be the religion of the ‘Christian’ Zionists, Jews, Muslims or Fundie ‘Christians’ with their Judaising Law based religion. We can then add in Papists with their Babylonian Mystery Religion, or Eastern Orthodox ‘Pantokrators’ with their iconographic idolatry. Furthermore, today, whilst the Pope is traipsing here, there and everywhere around the world promoting his mickey mouse satanic multi-faith unity BS, Paul was, and is, teaching the exact opposite – now there’s another surprise, and is that hilarious or what?
Acts 24:14 (KJV) But this I confess unto thee, that after The Way which they call heresy (‘a sect’), so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in The Law and in The Prophets: (Emphasis mine)
So here we have the ONLY use of the word ‘heresy’ in the whole of the Holy Scriptures, and all very positive it is, too, for it looks like the members of the True Church were known by certain evil creatures of religion as ‘heretics’. Now I wonder who these verminous mongrel dogs were that called the elect and/or the saints, heretics? Let’s see if we can shed any Light on it:
Acts 24:1-2 first part (KJV) And after five days Ananias the High Priest descended with the elders, and with a certain orator named Tertullus, who informed the governor against Paul.
2 And when he was called forth, Tertullus began to accuse him…
Acts 24:5 (MCV) For we have found this man a pestilent fellow, and a mover of sedition among all the Judean Israelites (not Jews) throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes:
Acts 24: 9 (MCV) And the Canaanite Jews also assented, saying that these things were so.
So there we have it, the Sanhedrin Canaanite Jews making use of this secular orator Tertullus (strange how he had a name very similar to the satanic Hellenising dog, Tertullian, who came on the scene over a hundred years later – circa 200 AC). Today, this orator would be known as a barrister, or an attorney in the USA, so a man ‘gifted’ with a slippery evil tongue.
From the above account we learn that the real ‘heretics’ were those very same types of people that laid accusations on our Lord Yashua Messiah before they crucified Him, and they were now accusing the brethren of Paul.
Right, let’s now move on to these three other verses that use the word ‘heresies’:
1 Corinthians 11:16–19 (Concordant Greek Literal Version) Now if anyone is presuming to be rivalrous, we have no such usage, neither The Ecclesias of God.” 17 Now in giving this charge I am not applauding, for you are coming together, not for the better, but for discomfiture.” 18 For first, indeed, at your coming together in The Ecclesia, I am hearing of schisms inhering among you, and some part I am believing.” 19 For it must be that there are sects (‘heresies’) also among you, that those also who are qualified may be becoming apparent among you.”
In this passage we can see that there was a load of argy-bargy going on within the fellowship of the Corinthian Church, with rivalries, which were causing discomfort to the brethren, due to the rivalries between them. These rivalries then developing into schisms and finally into sects, here called ‘heresies’ in the good old RELIGIOUS friendly King James Version.
Now there is a crucial point I would like to make here, and that is the choice of this word ‘heresies’, because, for me, it’s got Popery stamped all over it!! That means that there was no need for its use at all, when the word ‘sects’ was definitely more accurate and more appropriate from the non-religious True Christian perspective.
OK next verse:
Galatians 5:19-21 (Concordant Greek Literal Version) Now apparent are the works of the flesh, which are adultery, prostitution, uncleanness, wantonness, 20 idolatry, enchantment, enmities, strife, jealousies, furies, factions, dissensions, sects (‘heresies’), 21 envies, murders, drunkennesses, revelries, and the like of these, which, I am predicting to you, according as I predicted also, that those committing such things shall not be enjoying the allotment of The Kingdom of God.”
As we can see the same Roman Catholic RELIGIOUS evil contamination has taken place with the erroneous choice of ‘heresies’ on the part of the translators instead of ‘sects’.
2 Peter 2:1 (Concordant Greek Literal Version) Yet there came to be false prophets also among the people, as among you also there will be false teachers who will be smuggling in destructive sects (‘heresies’), even disowning The Owner (Yashua Messiah) Who buys them, bringing on themselves swift destruction.” (Brackets mine)
I think that just about wraps it up unless you think the article is heretical! LOL
In Yashua Messiah’s Holy name
1. The Counterfeit Cainite-Judeo-Christian Religion: https://isthefathercallingyoutohisson.wordpress.com/2017/05/26/the-cainite-judeo-christian-religion/
2. The Vile Satanic Curse Of Religion: https://isthefathercallingyoutohisson.wordpress.com/2021/10/20/the-vile-satanic-curse-of-religion/
You mentioned; “… when you hear these words, do they resonate a positive vibe with you or a negative vibe? For me, they have always resonated a negative vibe, because they have always sounded accusatory and judgemental.”
Should have held to that position, as that is what Paul held to when he said we are to be “judgemental” by rejecting such a one, which is “negative” as you can get!. Titus 3:10
Tut tut, Titus, along with 1 and 2 Timothy, is a very suspect book (not written by Paul) so I suggest you search for a more reliable source for your ‘argument’.
Oh and you completely missed the point of my article – must try harder read the school report.